- Common Name(s):
- Silverthorn, Thorny elaeagnus
- Hosoba-fukurin, Fruitlandii
Drought, salt spray and pollution tolerant; fruit attracts birds; tends to sucker; fragrant flowers. This plant is particularly resistant to damage by deer.
Listed on the Non Native Invasive Plants of Southern Forests, North Carolina Invasive Plant Council and the Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth. "Thorny olive can produced dense thickets, displacing native species and restricting human and animal activity."
- 10-15 ft.
- Alternate, simple, shiny, silvery green leaves; 2-4 in. long; ruffled margins; warm light brown underside
- Fragrant, silvery white flowers in fall; 0.5-0.7 in. fleshy fruit in spring
- Sun to partial shade; range of soil types: dry to wet; thinner foliage in shade
- Dense, spreading mound with long, loose, thorny arching branches
- 6-10 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1539